Creepy retouching software

// 5 March 2007

cover of UgliesHere’s a really creepy piece of software that retouches photos automatically.

PortraitProfessional takes only five minutes to reconstitute your bone structure along more standard and very caucasian lines, as well as ironing out any individuality in the form of, say, dimples or – and this I find particularly galling because I have them – freckles.

It also makes your eyes bigger and rounder, your face thinner, and, of course, makes your skin look like plastic. In short, it unleashes the plastic surgeon on your photo. Check out the gallery.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the “improvements” are imposed on photos of women.

As BoingBoing says:

I can’t imagine how you’d ever explain to a subject why you rebuilt his or her face as if you were a plastic surgeon in some military hospital.

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